LGUs told to prepare for Typhoon Talim, low pressure area

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PREPAREDNESS. The NDRRMC conducts a pre-disaster risk assessment meeting in preparation for Typhoon Talim and the low pressure area east of Quezon. Photo from NDRRMC

Residents in areas likely to be affected are advised to take the necessary precautionary measures and are alerted against possible flooding and landslides

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 11, 2017) — Ahead of the entry of Typhoon Talim into the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) held a pre-disaster risk assessment meeting with concerned government agencies and local government units (LGUs) on Monday, September 11.

In its bulletin issued past 11 am on Monday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Talim remains outside PAR, at 1,300 kilometers east of Northern Luzon. When it enters PAR, it will be given the local name Lannie.

The bulletin also noted the low pressure area (LPA) located 400 kilometers east of Quezon that is bringing moderate to heavy rain to the Visayas, Southern Luzon, Central Luzon, and Metro Manila.

Oplan Listo

Responding to this, the NDRRM Operations Center raised its alert status to blue in preparation for the effects of the typhoon and the LPA.

Residents in areas likely to be affected are advised to take the necessary precautionary measures and are alerted against possible flooding and landslides.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) also advised the concerned LGUs to follow measures outlined in Oplan Listo.

Oplan Listo uses a disaster preparedness manual first adopted by the DILG when Typhoon Ruby hit in December 2014. It provides mayors and other local government disaster management agencies a checklist that enumerates what should be done before, during, and after typhoons.

Minimum critical activities that LGUs should be enforcing in affected areas include the following:

  • Secure power, water supply, and communications
  • Start preemptive evacuation
  • Announce forced evacuation
  • Prepare list of evacuees
  • Distribute relief packs and conduct mass feeding
  • Stop traffic in landslide-prone areas

The manual includes flowcharts that correspond to 3 phases of critical preparedness actions – Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie. It also contains a tropical cyclone information board and minimum actions to guide mayors.

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CHARLIE. A set of preparedness actions that LGUs should undertake before a typhoon makes landfall. Infographic by Oplan Listo/DILG

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already prepositioned food and non-food items in its Central Office, as well as field offices. The Department of Health (DOH), meanwhile, said medical supplies and equipment are on standby.

The public is advised to stay vigilant and follow the orders of local government officials in their respective areas.

The 1991 Local Government Code and the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 mandate local government units to be on the frontline of emergency measures during disasters.

by Project Agos | Rappler.com